The tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces had an unusual form.
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The tomb of Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces (Tomb of Eurysaces) in Rome is an imposing and strange Roman structure that dates back to around 30 BCE. The tomb was built by a freedman named Marcus Virgil Eurysakes, who made his fortune in a large bakery and food delivery.
His resting place is a structure with an extraordinary appearance – it is believed that the shape of the structure refers to the scales for weighing grain and the dough kneader. The tomb was built at the intersection of Via Labicana and Via Praenestina – which means that a huge number of people passed the building every day.
The frieze at the top of the building shows elements of the entire process of making bread. It is so unique that the Romans used to place battle scenes on their monuments rather than depict moments related to their daily duties. Over time, the tomb was included in the network of Aurelian’s walls.